“Water, water, everywhere,
And all the boards did shrink;
Water, water, everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.”
– Samuel Coleridge Taylor
Despite being surrounded by water most of it we can not drink. Water is one of the most important substances on earth. Water that is safe for drinking is called potable water. All plants and animals must have water to survive. If there was no water there would be no life on earth. Apart from drinking it to survive, people have many other uses for water.
French companies like Suez and Vivendi Universal control over 70 percent of the existing world water market. How is this possible?
Water scarcity is one of the biggest challenges facing industries and will become a traded commodity, like oil, gold, and silver, it’s just a matter of time. Seventy percent (70%) of the earth may be covered by it, but less than 1% of it is readily available freshwater. All causes of water scarcity are related to human interference with the water cycle.
By 2035 (only 15 years!) some 40 percent of the world population will live in areas facing water scarcity. This would put companies in competition with people and farming for supplies. “Governments are saying to industries: you can operate here but you can’t take water from underground”. Just like in the novel The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols, a shady developer tries to siphon off all the water from the neighboring crop fields, a small-scale water-rights war escalates between the farmers and the developers.
Climate change, such as altered weather patterns (including droughts or floods), deforestation, increased pollution, greenhouse gases, and wasteful use of water can cause insufficient supply. “Companies will have to rely on wastewater, recycling or desalination plants to meet their needs.”
In 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution affirming the human right to clean drinking water and sanitation. The countries supporting the resolution argued that water was essential for life and noted that large portions of the population lack access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation.
Residents of Flint, Michigan’s mismanaged water system left residents with dangerously high lead levels in their bodies and various health problems—which they argue violated the Safe Drinking Water Act and their right to bodily integrity. Residents have been unable to drink their tap water since 2015. We are talking four years of not being able to drink water from one’s tap! Although it has been announced that the water is now safe to drink, some people ain’t havin’ it as residents and advocates are concerned that a lot of tainted pipes still exist.
Fresh Water is what we’ve been handed folks. No plants, no animals, no fruits..no nothin’ without water. When it’s gone..so are we.